Byron: Dance means everything to me. It more then just a hobby, it is a lifestyle.
Me: Do you see yourself having a future in dance?
Byron: I do see myself having a future in dance. I don’t plan on dancing forever but I do plan on running a dance studio and keeping the dance community alive here in my hometown.
Me: How and when did you start dancing?
Byron: I started dancing in 1999 when I was in the 8th grade. My sister was in the high school drill team so I would always go to her competitions and I noticed the All-Male hip hop dance team from her school. I remember the crowd going crazy every time they would performed. Ever since then i’ve always wanted to be a part of something like that. I joined a all boys dance group called Full Effect, which was taught by some alumni from Channel Islands All-Male.
Me: Are there any people that inspire you?
Byron: I’ve been inspired by many groups and choreographers. There were two groups that really inspired me when I was a kid, PAC Modern and The Original Non-Stop. Individually I was inspired by Shaun Evaristo. I was fortunate enough to have him and Pat Cruz choreograph pieces for my kids before they blew up.
Me: What motivates you to dance everyday?
Byron: I get motivated to dance by everyday life in general. It’s something that you can channel all your emotions through. I love it because when you’re dancing your mind is a completely different world and all your problem don’t come up to thought. I meet a lot of great people through dance. It’s like the universal language for the world.
Me: What tips or words of wisdom would you give to future dancers?
Byron: Keep dancing for yourself and not just to be cool or do it because it’s the in thing to do. Be humble and try to inspire to be inspired. The future of dance depends on what we do now as a community.